In honor of beer's agricultural roots and our amazing growers, we like to say that "great beer grows here." Each of our family-owned hop farms are as unique as the varieties they cultivate, and we take pride in being able to share their stories and tell the history of their farms. From their innovative farming techniques, to their newly expanded/updated, state-of-the-art production facilities, our growers consistently demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to continuous improvement and sustainability within the hop industry. They are dedicated to their craft and take pride in being an active component of the brewing industry as well. This direct connection to the farm not only benefits you as a brewer, but also allows us at YCH to proactively manage acreage and harvest quality based on your brewing needs. By getting to know our growers, we hope you'll feel better connected to our farms and the fields from which your hops come. It's no secret to us that quality begins in the field, and that it is our owners’ rich hop farming heritage that provides YCH with an invaluable foundation of knowledge for delivering the highest quality products, processes, and service.
- Year Founded: 1868
- Location: Granger, Washington
- Family Owned By: The Carpenter Family
- Varieties Grown: Ahtanum®, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra®, Ekuanot™, Mosaic®, Palisade®, Simcoe®, Tomahawk®, Vanguard, Warrior®, Willamette
- Farm Certifications: Green Chief®, USDA GAP
- Recent Investments: Upgraded picking machine; New and upgraded kiln, new cooling room, and new baling room in planning.
We know no other traditions [than family farming].
Carpenter Ranches was established in 1868 when Charles Carpenter departed from his hop growing family in New York and settled in the Ahtanum area of the Yakima Valley, beginning with just a log cabin and an ox cart. As the first hop farm in Washington State east of the Cascade Mountains, Charles helped pioneer what is now the largest hop producing region in the world. He transformed a once wilderness area into a hop farm with his own custom-designed irrigation system, hop press, and wood-fueled kiln. Six generations later, the Carpenter family maintains Charles’ same innovative and creative spirit. With a strong focus on ingenuity and sustainability, they thrive within a “built not bought” mentality, utilizing all of their own resources whenever possible to operate and expand the farm.
As a partner in Select Botanicals Group and Hop Breeding Company, the Carpenters are driven by the growing demand for unique varietal selections and the expanding craft beer industry. The family produces more than 14 varieties on their ranches, including brewing favorites such as Cascade, Centennial, Citra®, and Simcoe®. The Carpenters value their relationships within the brewing community and believe that craft brewers will continue to be on the forefront of new, exciting tastes. In addition to industry demand, the Carpenters are driven to uphold their family tradition of growing quality hops. They pride themselves on being a family-oriented farm and enjoy watching each new generation grow into their role(s) on the ranch.
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